The Whitebred Shorthorn Association

Anna Pattinson
High Shield Farm, Bardon Mill
Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7AJ
Tel: 01434 344 716

Blue Grey Cattle Group Promotion

August 2012

This year Blue Grey Cattle producers and keepers have attended agricultural shows including Angus, the Royal Highland, the Great Yorkshire, Dumfries & Lockerbie and Peebles. Braco was cancelled due to the poor weather while other shows are coming up soon (Yarrow 8th Sept, Westmorland 13th Sept and H&H Expo 2nd Nov).

The response at shows has been fantastic, with lots of interest in Blue Greys as well as Whitebred Shorthorns and Galloways. The greatest draw to our stands has been the tremendous Blue Grey cows with calves - many thanks to Mr W Porter of Cashlie Estate, Perthshire, Mr J Wood of Potholm, Langholm, Mr S McClymont of Tinnis, Yarrow. Thanks to Mrs McCall Smith of Conachan, Crieff, who was ready with Blue Grey heifers for the Braco Show. And thanks also to Mr A Hogg of Milnholm, Langholm for the excellent Whitebred Shorthorn bull calf and cow which was on display at Peebles. Thanks also to the many other involved in setting up the marquees and taking a turn on the stands - it has been a tremendous team effort.

At shows we have taken the opportunity to broadcast the Blue Grey costings which were independently produced by the SAC with the assistance of Dodd & Co (Carlisle). These results show that Blue Grey herd net margin (profit) outperformed the 2010 QMS National Hill average by nearly £300 per head - this was driven mainly by the excellent fertility / numbers reared and the exceptionally low Vet & Med costs, reflecting ease of calving, and lack of incidence of ailment. The costings are all the more amazing when it is considered that roughly half of all predominantly Blue Grey herds in the UK took part in the work (therefore it is very representative of the population) and the sample itself was not cherry picked, but picked blind and involved only those kind souls who were mainly pressured into taking part.

It can only be hoped that our hard work will pay off through a good trade at the H&H Newcastleton Blue Grey sales (30th & 31st October) and C&D Blue Grey bullock sale (20th Oct & 26th Mar 13).

Karen Telford

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